DBIA invites all members to “Increase Your Expertise – Build Your Business – Make Industry Connections” at this year’s Design-Build Conference and Expo, being held November 8th-10th at the Philadelphia Conference Center in downtown Philadelphia, PA. Owners and design-build professionals from across the nation come together to attend three days of workshops, panel discussions and keynotes by industry leaders that address real-world challenges America’s design-build teams and owners face across all sectors. To register, find lodging, and plan your conference itinerary, click here:
Design-Build was front and center in Rochester Business Journal’s May 12th Special Report on Construction and Engineering. In the article, leaders of local firms experienced in Design-Build discuss how it works and why more and more owners, architects, engineers, and builders are considering this method for their projects. David Beinetti, SWBR Architects Chairman and DBIA Upstate Chapter board member and Steven Ruether, President and CEO of The Bell Company, DBIA Liberty NE Region President and DBIA Upstate Chapter board member explain how using Design-Build can significantly reduce costs and shorten project schedules. Read More
DBIA Upstate hosted a seminar entitled “A LEAN Approach to Design-Build”. The seminar was led by LeChase Construction’s Regional Operations Manager Lee Sommerman, and Project Manager John Grande Thursday, April 20th at Rochester’s ButaPub in the Historic German House. Their discussion focused on how a Design-Build project and the introduction and application of LEAN practices led to the successful University of Rochester’s Imaging Building project. Mr. Sommerman opened the session with a light-hearted “Safety Moment”, showing the German House egress points and instructing members of the audience on how to exit the building in an orderly fashion in case of emergency.
After briefly discussing their decision to submit a Design-Build LEAN bid, Mr. Sommerman and Mr. Grande commended the entire team for their work on the project. The owner (University of Rochester) LeChase, and their architect/engineering partner Clark, Patterson, and Lee – both of whom have significant experience with Design-Build construction and LEAN practices, achieved the University’s requirement for a spa-like, relaxing and welcoming 92,000 SF facility with two weeks to spare. Mr. Sommerman attributed the success of the project (which he defined as: happy clients; on-time and on-budget delivery; zero lost-time incidents; and happy invested subcontractors) to the Design-Build team’s collaborative approach and LEAN construction practices.
LEAN projects are developed and managed through collaborative relationships, shared knowledge and common goals. By breaking down and reorganizing knowledge, work, and effort silos, LeChase was able to shorten schedules and dramatically reduce waste by creating a clean, orderly work environment.
Mr. Grande gave an example of how they used the LEAN practice of Pull Planning to negotiate schedule milestones and deadlines with the entire team. Having each contractor commit to deadlines at a group session helped all stakeholders see the big picture, understand dependencies, establish accountability and foster a unified sense of urgency to meet the schedule. Pull Planning also helped the project management team to effectively coordinate material deliveries, keeping the site clean and organized. Mr. Grande was impressed with the peaceful site dynamic – people were focused, working in an environment with no chaos, no clutter, and a minimum of waste.
The speakers tag-teamed the presentation and the lively question and answer period that followed. In addition to providing details about the design decisions, approach, and other factors that contributed to the successful completion of the project, they also discussed lessons learned and how they addressed major challenges that arose during construction.
DBIA Upstate would like to thank DBIA Board Member Mr. Sommerman and his associate Mr. Grande for an excellent presentation, with a special thank you to ButaPub for making this a successful event.
In 2015, to meet the growing need for student on-campus housing and address a lack of athletic support facilities on the University of Rochester’s River Campus, University planners engaged Ayers Saint Gross, Architects and Planners to conceptualize a LEED-Silver-certified residence hall adjacent to Fauver Stadium. When the original design came in $4 MM over budget, the University of Rochester stepped back and decided to take a different approach. The U of R planners determined that a Design-Build strategy would give them the best chance at meeting their budget. During the interview phase the owners asked bidders to redesign the entire project to meet the budget. According to SWBR Project Architect Robert C. Fornataro, “It was quite a challenge, but we all worked together as a Design-Build team to design a viable solution that would meet the University’s budget and schedule, and it paid off.”
The U of R hired The Pike Company and SWBR Architects in June 2016 as the Design-Build team that would take the concept, which includes multiple sustainable building features, from the planning and design phase through construction completion by August 2017. “The Pike/SWBR team was extremely excited to partner with the University of Rochester to deliver this exciting project in 30% less time that traditional project delivery systems, saving significant time and cost.” says Pat Rogers, Executive Vice President of The Pike Company. This experienced Design-Build team involved U of R planners, employees, and students to clearly understand customer needs, and took into consideration the unique requirements of a building that overlooks an athletic complex to create an environmentally efficient, aesthetically harmonious, and eminently functional residence hall that also accommodates the needs of the sports facility next door. Pike and SWBR employed Design-Build Best Practices, including senior leadership support, engaging key user group stakeholders to interface with the design team, and taking sustainability considerations into account during the design process to successfully address all stakeholder requirements and still meet the budget and schedule. True to plan, the Design-Build team is currently on track to deliver this LEED-Silver certified mixed-use building within budget and schedule, a testament to a great team working with a proven project delivery method.
Sustainability features incorporated into the design include:
- 7% improved building performance in terms of energy costs over the baseline design, despite having a snowmelt system at the terrace level deck and at all entries (which eliminates the use of snowblowers and shoveling/salting)
- 90% of wood on the job with be from FSC – sustainably managed forests
- Materials used for the project will have 20% recycled content
- Materials will come from within a 500-mile radius of the project location
The 7-story, 72,000 SF building features living space for 150 students on the upper 4 floors with double and single rooms, and community areas. Lounges on these levels will have ceiling-high windows to maximize sunlight. Academic and student life offices at the Courtyard level include offices and meeting rooms for study groups and workshops. Additional office space and meeting rooms will be available on this level to accommodate health services, career, academic, fellowship, and STEM advising. Having academic and student services located right in the residence hall will “help us support students in a way that is more integrated with their lifestyle, including offering evening and weekend hours for these offices,” Richard Feldman, Dean of the College notes. “The addition of this residence hall will also help to free up space for upperclassmen in the housing system, enabling us to meet our goal of housing over 80 percent of our students on campus.”
Athletics program space includes locker rooms, and sports medicine and team rooms for both womens’ and mens’ outdoor athletics programs. “This new facility will more effectively support existing varsity program needs with adequate locker rooms, training rooms and an equipment-issue area commensurate with current standards for programs of our size and scope,” said George VanderZwaag, executive director of athletics and recreation. Sustainable features include water-efficient fixtures that are designed to reduce water usage by 45% and an energy system that will provide ample fresh air to the facility, in particular locker rooms and other athletic program areas.
Purcell Construction Corp., based in Watertown, NY, won the Design-Build contract for a four-story dorm to be built at SUNY Brockport. By using the Design-Build Delivery Method the University expects to save at least $8 Million in construction costs. According to an article posted by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on March 24th, the 256-bed dormitory is projected to cost $23.8 million, with $21 million going for construction and the rest for administrative-related costs for this project. Construction will begin in May of this year and be completed in the summer of 2018. Read More